Band: Freelance Whales
From: Queens, NY
Freelance Whales are the kind of band I think people probably love to hate. Their lyrics are heartfelt but incomplete, streams of consciousness that at times are really beautiful and poignant but occasionally trail off to confusing places. Their music is full of electronic beats and humming, organ like keyboards and synthesizers that wail behind guitars and drums and chimes.
But for many of these reasons, I really like Freelance Whales. And one other important one: They seem so damn earnest. An immediate comparison I would make would be two bands fronted by Ben Cooper – Electric President and Radical Face. Only this band is what those bands might sound like if they threw in a dash of cheer and pop sensibility with a bit of teenage-style angst.
There are some real gems on Freelance Whales’ debut album Weathervanes. There is the all-too-fun, tongue-in-cheek playfulness of “Kilojules,” the strumming singalongs of “Generator (First Floor)” and “Generator (Second Floor),” both of which have fantastic lyrics.
And there is the beautiful “Broken Horses,” the subject matter I can’t quite make sense of but feel moved by its slow-building somber story.
I’ll give you guys a few samples, but you should really check out Weathervanes in full. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I sure wasn’t.
“Generator (First Floor)” – “And in our native language we are chanting ancient songs / And when we quiet down the house chants on without us.”
“Broken Horse” – October’s got those orange eyes / But somehow I still lost sight / When you lifted the lid off of my pumpkin head / And kissed me goodnight.”
“Kilojules” – “Late nights and weekends our hearts only run slowly on the local track / So I’ve arranged for your phobias to be arranged by a string quartet.”
“Hannah” – “And if you’re partial to the night sky / If you’re vaguely attracted to rooftops / Hannah takes the stairs cause she can’t tell it’s a spiral case / Is she right side up or upside down?”
Awesome YouTube video: live performance of “Broken Horse“